CIOB appoints first VP based Down Under

Professor Mike Kagioglou is Dean of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at Western Sydney University (Courtesy of CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has appointed Professor Mike Kagioglou FCIOB as its latest Vice President, making him the first VP to be based in Australia.

Kagioglou is Dean of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at Western Sydney University, where he also holds the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor, Global Development (UK & EU).

The appointment puts him in line to be the 121st President of CIOB in 2024. He will take over from Sandi Rhys Jones OBE FCIOB, who will succeed the current President, Datuk Seri Michael Yam FCIOB, in the summer of 2023.

CIOB chief executive Caroline Gumble announced his appointment at the start of CIOB’s Members Forum event in Sydney.

An advocate of the importance of strong links between industry and academia, Kagioglou has worked in higher education in the UK and abroad for almost 30 years.

He was formerly Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield, and Head of School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, both in the UK.

He also served as the Academic Director for Salford of the £11m EPSRC funded Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre between the Universities of Salford, Loughborough and Reading and Imperial College in London.

Kagioglou has been a CIOB Fellow since 2015. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is a member of other important built environment sector bodies.

“It will be an absolute privilege to continue my involvement with CIOB at the highest level,” he said. “I have been a Fellow for many years and have had the opportunity to be involved in a number of ways, all of which made me appreciate the crucial role CIOB plays in upholding and raising standards in the sector, training future professionals, and being the voice of the sector to governments in the UK and globally.”

He added: “I will bring all my expertise and global reach to CIOB, championing its drive for professionalism in the sector and bring together both the academic and industry communities to collaborate in making the sector better, as well as improving the quality of life for all.”

“I am delighted that Mike will be CIOB’s next Vice President and our first to be based in Oceania,” said Caroline Gumble. “I know that Mike will make a valuable contribution to CIOB’s work and to the wider construction community, particularly in strengthening links between our industry and academia, helping us to drive modern professionalism and high-quality education for the sector.”

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